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The Perfect Tech Gift for Dad’s this Father’s Day! @BestBuy @SamsungMobileUS #GearRV

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Father’s Day is one of the hardest holidays to shop for in my family.  My dad and husband both have everything so trying to find something they don’t have yet and will love can be a stressful.  However not this year!  Thanks to Samsung and Best Buy, I have found the prefect Father’s Day gift, the Gear VR!

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Finally Enjoying MY HDTV Without Wires! #BBYactiontec

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
When decorating and setting our electronics one of my biggest pet peeves is having wires everywhere.
I never realized this was annoying, growing up my dad always had them either hidden behind drywall or neatly zip-tied behind strip covers.  Back then I remember having the big stereos with the two speakers on each side and the thin wire connecting them in my room.  I have a vivid memory of my mother saying “why don’t you put this frame here and it’ll hide the wires”  my teenage self thought she was crazy and probably made some rude comment to get out.
Then I moved in with my now husband, a man that grew up on a farm in Brazil.  Let’s just say every time we bought a new piece of electronics our neighbors could here me horrified as my mothers voice poured out of mouth.  “Why are the wires everywhere?”, “That looks so cluttered and dirt!”, one time my pour husband not understanding the issue at all even tried to paint the wires to our surround sound speakers so “they would blend in with the wall”.

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How I am Staying Prepared this Winter While Cutting My Bills!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SnowCast for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you ever been blind sided by a snow storm?  I was last week, and it wasn’t fun!  
We have decided to go without cable until our move over the summer in an attempt to slim down our bills and avoid getting locked into a 12 month commitment which would result in a hefty cancellation fee when we move out of state.  

Over the last month this decision seemed to transition smoothly, with all the great subscription services to choose from we easily cut our bill by over 75%.  However I didn’t think about the weather report while making this change.  I’m a New Englander, I am used to crazy weather.  I can wake up with the heat pumping, switch it over to air conditioning before my coffee is finished and switch it back and forth more times than I can count during the course of a day.  Unfortunately the beginning of this winter had me spoiled.  After last years winter filled with what seemed to be a blizzard every week, I somehow thought we were squeaking by this winter without being snowed in.  It is only February but the 70 degree temperatures left me thinking spring was right around the corner and I had pulled all the kids snow gear out for nothing this year.  Well the joke was on me, because last Thursday night I got a phone call saying schools would be canceled Friday because of the impending storm.  WHAT?  Friday was my planned grocery shopping day, Lilly still needed boots, and I was home alone with 3 kids at 8 o’clock at night!  
Now I’m not the crazy person standing in line at the store with bottled water and bread after the thought of a few inches of snow, but being stuck in the house for a couple days with 3 kids and no snacks or hot chocolate sent me into a mini panic attack.  I ended up dragging three kids out to the store, which I always avoid at all costs, and grabbed what we needed to get everyone excited about the snow.
 

Luckily while stuck in the house during our unplanned snow day, I learned about the SnowCast app.  The SnowCast app is a great app that I quickly downloaded onto my iPhone, it instantly calculated my location, and now is able to tell me when it will snow and how much we will be getting.  I can easily pull up the app and see not only if we will be getting snow, but also how much and when it will start up to 48 hours in advance.  Plus it sends me alerts for NOAA winter weather warnings and advisories, so I will never be blindsided by the lovely New England weather again.
Which was put to the test when mother nature decided to give us a pre winter vacation 4 day weekend, with a second snowstorm on Monday.  Thankfully I knew about the storm as we were digging out from Friday’s storm and was able to run back out for cereal and movies on Sunday while the kids built snowmen with Daddy.
 

This IOS app cost $2.99 in the app store and the fact that it will save me from unexpectedly having to drag three tired kids shopping the night before a storm again, makes it worth every penny!

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Make the Switch to Sprint and Save 50% ~ Plus a Giveaway! 2 Phones, 2 Winners!

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I have had so much fun being a Sprint Mom and learning about all the ins and outs of different Sprint products and plans.  Today I learned about the launch of Sprint’s new LTE Plus Network which is performing faster than both Verizon and AT&T.
To celebrate the new launch Sprint is introducing the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history!  Sprint is offering plans at 50% off the price of most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile mobile rate plans.
New customers who switch to sprint between November 20th and January 7th 2016, will get this special 50% rate until January 2018!
When switching to Sprint you can get a new phone through Sprint Lease, iPhone forever, Installment billing or by paying full retail price.  All of these are great ways to budget out a new cell phone, however I have another great way.  Enter to win one of the cell phones below!
Giveaways!
Both Giveaways End: January 1st, 2016
Disclosure: Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States.
Enter to win a HTC One A9 from Sprint
The HTC One A9 is a beautifully sleek phone that offers the latest features from Google’s Android:
– Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow 
– Multi-directional fingerprint scanner
– Android Pay
– New power saving capabilities to maximize battery life
-13 MP rear camera
– Optical Image Stabilization
– Expandable memory with MicroSD memory slot

Enter to win a HTC Desire 626s from Sprint Prepaid
The second phone we are giving away is the HTC Desire 626s, a great smartphone that gives you the benefits of a prepaid phone.
– 5 inch, 720p, HD touch screen display
– Android 5.1
– 8 megapixel rear facing camera
– Great value with total flexability 
– Plans available that include unlimited data, talk, and text

Getting Stuff Done with the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Sprint! #SprintMom

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received product to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
My newest tech love is the Samsung Galaxy Note5!  
If you know me, you know I love taking notes, the notes section of my phones is jam packed with everything from a grocery list to the next date a dermatologist will be at the salon I go to.  Everything I think I might need to remember, ends up in the notes section of my phone, and the Galaxy Note5 is so perfect for me.  I am obsessed with the S Pen that has made putting notes on my phone faster and easier than any of my previous phones.

Weather I am using the S Pen as a stylus to press on the keypad or as an actual pen to write on the screen, this phone makes the entire process so quicker.
Of coarse the note taking feature is my favorite, however as a busy mom who is always on the go and a blogger who is constantly thinking about new content and taking photos of everything, the Galaxy Note5 has streamlined everything I need.
The 16 megapixel camera takes awesome pictures with burst shot, 8x zoom, LED flash, and panoramic features.
Then once I want to transfer my notes and photos to my other devices so that I can create a blog post with them, I can easily do so with the SideSync 4.0 feature.  This helps me feel so much more productive, when I can sit down to my computer and already have everything I have saved to my phone during the day waiting for me.  I now feel so much more comfortable working while out and about, sitting in the car waiting for sports practices to end and sitting in waiting rooms at the doctors.
I’m also excited to learn about Sprint Global Roaming.  We visit Brazil a lot and loosing cell service is one of the hardest parts of our trip.  My family and friends worry about us, while being unable to reach me.  Plus I am suddenly completely unconnected which hinders my ability to work, and I am usually always working while traveling.  I am psyched to be able to take advantage of this service during our next trip.
This phone is amazing, Right?
Well Amazon has a deal that will make it even more Amazing!
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 Amazon Prime Promotion:
New and existing customers that purchase and activate a Samsung Galaxy Note5 by Nov. 30 get a year of Amazon Prime for free!  That means you can get even more things done on the go.
Amazon Prime customers get unlimited free 2 day shipping on more than 20 million items, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes with Prime Video, access to ad-free streaming of over a million songs including thousands of curated playlists and personalized stations with Prime Music, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and much more this holiday season and the year after.
This Amazon promotion makes the Samsung Galaxy Note5 with Sprint the perfect phone for all my work and fun needs.

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